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Our trustees

 John Fox (Fairfax Community Centre) - Chair

Born in Harrogate, now retired, I spent my working life in the construction industry as a Senior Quantity Surveyor.  I am currently an elected member of Harrogate Borough Council having served for 25 years representing the Harrogate Granby ward. I’ve had an active political career since 1973, campaigning and working for MPs and Members of the European Parliament. 

 I started volunteering in the community at school. In the 1980’s I co-founded The Harrogate and District Drugs Advisory Group and have enjoyed being a Trustee of several local organisations.  I now work with and support a number of local charities including being Chair of Fairfax Community Centre Management Committee and My Neighbourhood in Granby and a trustee of Harrogate International Centre and Visit Harrogate.

I formed ‘Harrogate at Christmas’ to raise money for our Christmas lights and was a co-founder of Harrogate Christmas Market.  During my year as Mayor of the Borough I started the Harrogate & District Volunteering Oscars Awards, now celebrating their 10th Anniversary. 

 Kevin Douglas (Harrogate & District Cycle Action)  -  Vice Chair

I was born in Warwickshire and arrived in Yorkshire 30 years ago after working in the North East. I worked at Harrogate Borough Council for 20 years, as both Director of Leisure Services and Director of Corporate Policy and Improvement and I then spent 4 years as Chief Executive of Eden District Council in Cumbria,

Most of my career I have been involved in working with voluntary groups and volunteers as well as dealing with many of the service provision issues which people face in market towns and rural areas.

Now retired I wanted to use my knowledge and expertise in a volunteer capacity so hence my involvement with Harrogate and Ripon CVS as a Trustee. In my 3 years as a trustee I have been privileged to see the work of the fabulous team of staff and volunteers and the strong links they have developed with the local voluntary and community groups and also their partners in the public and private sector.

David Ashton-Jones (Disability Action Yorkshire)  

My background is as a highly analytical and strategic management professional with change, value and financial management experience. I also have an interest in marketing and competitive analysis with experience across a wide variety of sectors. 

I have expertise in scoping, transforming, shaping and driving projects that deliver significant business value. I always set and exceed high standards using positivity, energy, and clear focus. I thrive on tackling tough business strategy challenges – realising robust solutions that add real value to business, budget and people performance while always striving to push and maintain quality standards.

I am a member of the Chartered Management Institute and am classified as a Chartered Manager with a BSc Business Management (Hons) degree and a Level 7 Diploma in Professional Consultancy, and my aim is simple - I want to add value to charities and businesses on whatever scale. Seeing something grow from nothing or for a business to move to another stage of growth excites me, that is my passion. I feel with my experience I can support HARCVS in maintaining and developing their strong presence in the voluntary community and assist in thinking creatively about how that is done.

On a softer side, I am extremely interested in robots and virtual reality and am always interested to hear about developments in this field.

Ian Bergel (Washburn Heritage Centre) 

Born in Hereford and raised is Shropshire I went to college in Hull and London qualifying as a Cost & Management Accountant in 1975.

I worked as an accountant/finance director in a number of manufacturing organisations including Gestetner, Waddingtons, Bowater/Rexam and Scientific Games International covering 30 years before working as a self-employed cost consultant for five years.

I have now lived in Harrogate for most of the last 40 years.

Since becoming self-employed in 2007 I have had the opportunity to volunteer with Disability Action Yorkshire for nine years as treasurer as well as the Washburn Heritage Centre for the last four years as treasurer and for a period as chair. I have also worked with the Harrogate Chamber of Trade and Commerce as a management team member and vice-president.

I enjoy being able to use my experience in the charity arena. I am an avid reader, a supporter of Harrogate Town FC and play a ridiculous amount of Bridge.

Patrick Brady (co-opted trustee - previously a trustee of Harrogate Community House Trust Ltd)   

I retired in 2009 after a career of almost 38 years, dealing with estates issues and land and property matters.  During that period, I worked in the private sector for large firms of surveyors as well as the public sector including the District Valuer (Inland Revenue) and Local Authorities.

Prior to retirement in 2009, I worked for Leeds City Council for 21 years in the Directorate of Development. The Directorate of Development brings together all the Council’s physical, economic development, cultural and recreational activities, including asset management, design services, economic and business development, highways, libraries, arts and heritage, planning, recreation and sport.

I am a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors. Prior to retiring, I worked in the fields of urban regeneration, development, asset and estate management and I was the Executive Manager in charge of the Development Team, comprising qualified surveyors and technicians working on major schemes in the city, involving the acquisition and disposal of land and buildings.

I have played a very active role in the physical development and regeneration of the city, working on a number of major schemes which have helped transform the city, including being a member of the Leeds Area Project Team and responsibility for the relocation of Leeds Metropolitan University (now known as Leeds Beckett University) from the Brunswick Building to the Rose Bowl.

During retirement I have been involved with the Sports and Leisure Committee of Bramham, as an unpaid consultant, helping the committee to obtain funds for a new sports pavilion.

I am currently a Parish Councillor in the village of Sicklinghall.

Maurice Bull (Rotary Club of Harrogate)

I was born and went to school in Coventry, studied Veterinary Medicine at university, and worked in Herefordshire and Zimbabwe before moving to Harrogate in 1985. I retired in 2014.

I am a member of the Rotary Club of Harrogate, and through that I joined the Board of Trustees in 2015 as a representative of a member organisation. When I ran my own practice what I disliked most was the amount of bureaucracy and replacement of common sense by written policies which seemed to get in the way of the real work of the business. Now I feel part of an organisation which, among other functions, helps small local charities deal with similar problems. As a Board member I am gaining valuable knowledge of best practice in the running of a voluntary organisation which I hope to put to good use in future.

 I used to play a lot of badminton, and have represented Cambridge University, Herefordshire and Matabeleland. Now my spare time is divided between Rotary Club activities, occasional volunteer driving for PhysioNet, gardening and decorating.

 Tim Mallett (Tockwith Community Hub)  

I was a project manager for the NHS when I retired in 2017.   I have a background in Information Technology having worked for IBM and Sun Microsystems as well as the Royal Navy as an electronic engineer.

I have become engaged with the voluntary sector because I strongly feel that we have lost our sense of community.   Many people are left out and feel alone while the world goes on around them.   We live in a highly joined up society with multiple ways for people to communicate.   Despite this, many people do not take part because they can’t afford or don’t know how to use the technology.   Our technology, although very good, is simply a tool and is not an end in itself.  Communicating electronically can never replace face to face human interaction.  

I believe that if we show others kindness, compassion and self-sacrifice in our actions, we can help to re-build that sense of community.

 Andrew Marson (PCC of Bilton St John and St Luke)   

For 28 years I've been working commercially with a wide range of pension scheme trusts and I hope my knowledge and expertise of trust governance and business acumen will bring significant value to HARCVS.  Throughout my career I have stayed focused on the main purpose – to achieve the best and fairest outcome for the beneficiaries.

Over the past 15 years, I have worked directly with Trustees and Boards advising, training, and reporting on specific and market topics.  In particular:
Governance best practices.
Trustee knowledge and effectiveness.
Evidence based decision-making and transparency of reporting.
The identification of key risks, mitigating actions and ongoing management.
The impact of law changes and the requirements of change to remain compliant in the discharge of Trustee duties.
Excellent communications and interpersonal skills across a wide range of stakeholders.
Formulation, planning and execution of strategy into organisational change and improvement.

For many years I have been focused on financially safeguarding people in their latter stages of life.  I'm now relishing the opportunity to now apply my knowledge, skills and expertise to help people and organisations in my local community.  

 Cllr Zoe Metcalfe (Harrogate Borough Council representative)    


 Revd Ruth Newton (Sharow & Copt Hewick PCC)  

I’m the Parish Priest at St John’s Sharow, near Ripon, having previously been Canon Evangelist at Ripon Cathedral, working extensively with volunteers to deliver pastoral care and children’s and youth work.

I have a first degree in Combined Arts, a Master’s in Theology and hold a PGCE and I sit on the Church of England’s governing body, the General Synod.

I’m interested in the learning and networking HARCVS provides and in accessing a lot of it! I’m very keen in finding ways of connecting organisations with each other for mutual benefit. I’m a school governor and Chaplain to Ripon Rugby Club and Dementia Forward.

 Bev Richardson (co-opted trustee - previously a trustee of Harrogate Community House Trust Ltd)